TQ1096 : The Pond, Watford at dawn

taken 8 years ago, near to Watford, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

The Pond, Watford at dawn
The Pond, Watford at dawn
The Pond at the northern end of the High Street in Watford was originally a natural feature and was, in the past, used to water horses and cattle. It has undergone many changes in its history and at present is a long rectangle with a low wall surrounding it. At the northern end, directly in front of the photographer, is a raised feature with water falling into the lower level where the boat-shaped features are. There are also two small fountains, one of which is visible in front of the patch of reeds. Rocky islands provide places for the ducks and, in the last couple of years, moorhens to breed. There are numerous fish in the pond, invisible for the most part beneath the dark green water. There are large areas of reedmace, water lilies and irises.
The Pond is currently in danger of being 'downsized' although it appears to have been reprieved from being filled in completely. A campaign is being waged to save it and its wildlife. Space is, apparently, required for "an ice rink, Ferris wheel or urban beach."
The area around the Pond comprises the 'café quarter' with pubs, clubs and eating places. The Christmas lights are in place but unlit at this time of the morning, apart from one lonely rebel on the right hand side.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 December, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 107 967 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:39.4916N 0:24.0626W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 106 968
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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